Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Methods Behind the Madness – White Chapel Construction from a Different Perspective

There are many ongoing construction projects throughout the City of Southlake. Each project seems to march to a specific rhythm that translates to physical progress. This progress can be seen when you look at a project every few days.

Some projects seem to lag or even take a step or two backward. There are good reasons for many of the occurrences that you may see out in the field. These reasons are as numerous as the different project types.

Let’s narrow this discussion to the North White Chapel roadway widening project. Specifically, let’s look at the work taking place at the intersection of North White Chapel and Chapel Downs.

The contractor is working to install a new drainage system that will be placed under the roadway when all of the work has been completed. The contractor is slowly working along West Chapel Downs. The contractor digs. New drainage pieces are installed. The contractor closes up the hole and starts the process all over again.

The contractor works this way because the City directed the contractor to keep the existing drainage system operational while the new system is constructed. There will be a point in the project when the old and new systems will come together. The work on West Chapel Downs is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.

The contractor will then move to start work on East Chapel Downs. The area is different and the requirements are different. The contractor will use a different method and technique for this portion of the work. The entrance at North White Chapel and East Chapel Downs will also be closed for several weeks to complete this part of the project.

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Progress on N. White Chapel

When it comes to mobility projects in Southlake, N. White Chapel is the first thing that comes to mind.

The project started in 2018 with the initial goal to improve mobility in Southlake. The project included widening N. White Chapel from Emerald to SH 114  by turning it into a 4-lane thoroughfare divided with a landscaped median complimented by a dual-lane roundabout located at the intersection of N. White Chapel and E. Highland.

The dual-lane roundabout was completed in Spring of 2020 but work on the east end is still ongoing.

Over the last few weeks, contractors are currently installing an underground storm drainage system at West Chapel Downs while continuing construction of the retaining and screening wall system.

The estimated cost of the N. White Chapel widening project is $17 million. The project is estimated to be completed by Spring 2022.

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